Jillian has been dancing since the age of two. She started her training at Coast Ballet Theater and toured their performance of, “The Nutcracker”, throughout California and Nevada. She then extended her training at the San Francisco Ballet under the direction of Helgi Tomasson performing, “The nutcracker” at various well known venues for two years. For four years she competed with the Aliso Niguel High School Dance Team in the styles of jazz, lyrical and hip-hop. The ANHS Dance Team taught Jillian not only the competitive aspects of dance, but how teamwork and determination are just as important as talent and technique. Jillian won several national titles in both group performances and as a soloist, including the title of Miss Dance/Drill International 2006. After high school, Jillian stayed with the high school dance team as an assistant coach. She also continued competing with OCC’s undefeated dance team, winning three national titles in one year and earning a scholarship and a spot in the first ever, “Dance World Championships.” As a member of the PACE All Stars, Jillian won the Dance World Championship in 2007. Her love for the art of contemporary dance brought her to RhetOracle Dance Company, based out of Long Beach, CA. She is now both coaching the ANHS Dance Team and dancing with a professional contemporary company.
Aliso Niguel Dance Team
Anthony Tuason has been teaching and choreographing for 13 years. He has also been performing and dancing for 18 years. Performance credits include: Dancer/Ensemble in “Chicago”, Papa Ogre/Wolf in “Shrek”, “Chino” in West Side Story, “Ching Ho” in Thoroughly Modern Millie, “Audrey II” in Little Shop of Horrors, “Japeth” in Children of Eden, “The Cowardly Lion” in Wizard of Oz . As well as "Music Man", “Godspell”, “Your a mean man Mr. Scrooge”, “The Sound of Music” and more. Anthony performed and choreographed in several Saddleback Dance Concerts, winning awards for “Best Choreography” and “Best Performer”. Attended the American College Dance Festival. Anthony danced at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, in “Parade of Dreams”, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, “Celebrate! A Street Party”, “Mickey’s Halloween Parade”, “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee”, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” and more. Anthony's dance teams and solos are nationally ranked and have won awards for best concept and originality. A guest choreographer at SJHHS, Saddleback College Theater Arts Dept. and Dance Department where he choreographed “Children of Eden” and a Saddleback College's original production of “A Christmas Carol”. Worked for several industry events such as Club Posers in Los Angeles. He also works for Revolution Talent Competition. Anthony would like to thank all of his friends and family for their continued love and support. He is very excited to join ANHS Dance Team and can't wait to see where the season takes them.
Dance Team Advisor/ Coach/ Choreographer
Mrs. Desiano started at Aliso Niguel High School in 1998. She has been teaching/coaching high school dance for the past 30 years. She began dancing as a child to help her as a competitive gymnast.
Mrs. Desiano completed her AA degree at Citrus Community College in Glendora California, where she was a part of their Dance Company (1986-1988). She continued her education at Cal State Long Beach where she obtained her degree in Physical Education (1988-1991). While at CSULB she was part of the Spirit Team for two years. Her education was furthered at Cal State San Bernardino (1999-2000) where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Education.
At Aliso Niguel High School Mrs. Desiano currently teaches in the Physical Education department: Dance, Tennis, and PE9. She was a finalist for Orange County Dance Teacher of the year in 2006 and 2008. Mrs. Desiano believes that teamwork is the essences of a winning program. Her motto has always been ‘Hard work beats talented when talent won’t work hard’. She hopes that this year’s team believes in one another and will aspire to work as one. Mrs. Desiano resides in San Clemente with her husband of 23 years, Tom, a Social Studies teacher and the Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Dana Hills High School. They have two children, and a family dog, Harley. Her daughter, Madelyn, is a fourth year student at UCLA where she is a member of the women’s soccer team and her son, Tommy, will be starting at his first year of college at Saddleback Community College in the their media program.